Jim Davidson is chair of the Public Policy practice group at Polsinelli and Managing Partner of the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He counsels companies and business associations on how they can achieve their goals regarding legislation before Congress or regulations before federal agencies. His clients include Fortune 500 companies and leading industry groups.
For more than two decades Mr. Davidson has effectively represented clients that include a broad range of companies and industry associations on issues involving taxation, agency regulations, government information policy, media regulation, privacy, regulation of advertising, healthcare, appropriations and budget policy. Mr. Davidson is one of the nation's leading authorities on media and advertising law. In 2011, a coalition he directed prevented adoption by federal agencies of a new standard that would have barred advertising of most food products, including most cereals, whole wheat bread and low-fat yogurt. Another coalition persuaded Congress not to tax certain types of advertising to help pay for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In April 2012, Reuters described him as “one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington” and “the point man for the advertising industry in free speech issues.”
During his service on United States Senate staffs, he served as the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure, Chief Counsel of the Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations, and Special Assistant to Missouri Senator Stuart Symington. He was the principal Senate staff author of the federal Privacy Act, and of a major amendment to the Freedom of Information Act. While serving on Senate staff, Mr. Davidson was recognized in the book, Unelected Representatives: Congressional Staff and the Future of Representative Government.
Following a decade of service on Capitol Hill, Mr. Davidson formed Davidson & Company, a government relations firm that later merged with Polsinelli Shughart, one of the nation's top 100 law firms. Mr. Davidson is a graduate of the University of Missouri Schools of Law and Journalism.
Mr. Davidson has served as an adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law at American University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association and writes the “Eye on Washington” column on prescription drug advertising for DTC Perspectives Magazine.